Differences in people seem to run in the blood, according to a recent study that examines which genes are active in blood cells. The work, published in this weeks online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the levels of several genes used by blood cells vary from person to person.
"Nobody had taken this broad a look at genetic variation in the blood of healthy people," said David Relman, MD, associate professor of medicine at Stanford and a co-author of the study.
People vary greatly in their reactions to bacteria and viruses; some individuals fall prey to every bug that comes along while others go through winter sniffle-free. Relman, along with Patrick Brown, PhD, professor of biochemistry, and research assistant Adeline Whitney thought these differences might show up when looking at which genes are active in circulating blood cells.
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